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Opportunity Index

More Americans have jobs, yet inequality is increasing nationally

Monique Rizer | Posted 12.13.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

After five years of incremental progress, the nation's Opportunity Score has stalled, according to the 2016 Opportunity Index. Produced in partnership...

The Power of Civic Engagement: Opening the Door to Opportunity for American Youth

Russell Krumnow | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Russell Krumnow

Today, 5.6 million teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 throughout the United States are neither in school nor working. They are disconnected from the very paths -- education and career -- that will help to make them productive participants in our society and our economy.

Every Student Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed This School Year

Mark Edwards | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Mounting evidence shows that the American Dream is increasingly out of reach, and that geography too often determines one's destiny. Studies show that neighborhoods and schools with higher concentrations of poverty provide fewer opportunities for their residents and students.

We Know Geography Matters Too Much: It's Time to Change That

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

All too often your zip code determines your economic destiny. This harsh reality contradicts our cherished belief in the American Dream -- that we are a country that rewards hard work with a better life for each successive generation.

Taking ACTION in Arkansas Now

Linda Nelson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Linda Nelson

We must always consider the impact of poverty when we are creating solutions that will effectively reach all youth in our nation, regardless of where they live.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Measuring Opportunity For The American Dream: Opportunity Nation | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK -- As of Friday morning, every state and nearly every county in the U.S. has been given an "opportunity score" to determine where in the coun...